Digital Digimon Monsters

     Seven children with huge eyes and shoes ace teleported from camp to a "digital world". Neither they nor readers know what a digital world is (although I suspect it is television), but it is populated by cute, small digital monsters (available at a toy store near you) known as Poke- mon, Digimon.

     "We're Digimon!" they say for clarity. "Digital Monsters!"

     "We're kinda cute," adds a pink one like a rabbit without limbs. "And very loyal," adds another.

     "With beautiful hair." "Or maybe no hair at all." "We can be funny! Ha!" "And adorable!"

     When attacked by giant monsters, Digimon "dig-ivolve" (i.e., change) into larger but still adorable digi-creatures to defend their defenseless human guests.

     Motimon becomes Tentomon. Yokomon becomes Biyomon. Tsunomon changes to Gagmon.

     And this reviewer becomes Gagmon. Gagmon's secret power is the ability to gag.

     In defense of Digital Digimon Monsters, that is probably because this comic book was created for Young children. There is nothing wrong with that. But I am not a young child, or even an old child.

     But I do not gag because this comic book based on a card game is poorly written. It is not poorly written, although it is certainly light on characterization, metaphysics, or political analysis.

      When I was a young child, I did not care about any of that stuff.

     Nor do I gag because this new title is poorly drawn, It is not poorly drawn, although I can't understand why all Japanese humans have huge eyes, all their monsters look like a poorly crossbred shellfish and insect, and all of their cute little characters look like round little balls of marshmallow.

     I gag because my power is to do so when confronted by too too much cute.

     Digital Digimon Monsters #s1, 2 & 4 are priced at $2.95 and are 20 pages each. From Dark Horse Comics. The comic is drawn by various artists and no writer credited.

The Crusaders #1

     Published by Loud Comics. Half-human, half- alien babies become super heroines in a new comic with slick paper but amateurish art and story.

     Reviews by Michael Vance

     Marked by the Beast/$2.95 & 32 pgs, Rip Roaring Comics/art and story: James Reade/sold in comics shops, by mail and internet.

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